The Hands-On Healer

It is so quiet in Galina Tsypin‘s office that you can hear a pin drop. Or, to be more precise, a needle. Galina, you see, is an acupuncturist, and the studied silence is part of her healing process. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Galina is an acupuncturist. Acupuncture For All, which is shaded by a sidewalk tree and the packs of apartment buildings that line 30th Street at Broadway, is her serene space. Long and lean, the white-walled office with the sky-high shiny silver tin ceiling looks like a luxe spa. The single, sunny treatment room is in the …

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The Family Portrait

It was art that drew them together. Patricia Boes, the official artist in the family, doesn’t remember exactly when it happened. She does recall that Devin, her son, was the first to join her. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Seasoned Art on 43rd Street at 30th Avenue. “I was teaching an art class, and he must have been about 10, and he sketched a bird,” she says. “He’s been creating ever since.” Some five or six years ago, her husband, James, who is a writer, started painting, and recently, their daughter, Jeanne, also took up the brush. “I got …

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The Family’s Jewel

There’s something comforting about rituals. Pasang Tsaga knows this very well. Every time she opens the Jewels of Buddha, she lifts the gate, lights the incense and turns on the meditative chanting music. Pho…

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The Artist Who’s Sharing Her Easel

A mommy, baby strapped to her stomach, is peering through a front window of SHASTYE Gallery and Play Space. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling SHASTYE Art Gallery and Play Space, 26-16 23rd Ave. The shop is so new that there’s no sign outside, and she’s trying to figure out what it is all about. The only thing she knows is that she feels drawn to the clean, white space. She starts snapping shots with her cell, hoping that they provide some answers. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Shasta’s an artist. What the photos cannot tell her, Shasta …

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